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emerging squad


The transitional years post-secondary school is always a difficult time for young people, especially those vying for senior benchmark teams. 

To reflect this, we have adapted our program accordingly. Commencing in 2018, Athletics Australia will have an Emerging Program which will focus on the post-secondary school athlete and their personal coaches. The aim of this program will be to bridge the gap from the World U20 Championships to World University Games and on to senior benchmark teams. This will be a pilot program which we will have the opportunity to further develop and refine in future years. This will replace the current U19 Talent Squad. 

The pilot Emerging Program will commence in late 2018 after school and university exams have concluded. This squad will be selected following the World U20 Championships. The program will be a camps-based program supported by each SIS/SAS with the first camp to be held at the AIS in December 2018 and the second event specific camp held in various states in late January, early February 2019.

In 2019 the World University Games Team will have similar support as the current World U20 Team, including greater competition opportunities in Australia and overseas.

More information on the new direction of the junior program can be found here

2018 emerging squad

More information on the 2018 Emerging Squad, including selection criteria, will be published on this page in April / May 2018. 

This squad will meet for two camps:

Date: 15-18 December, 2018
Location: AIS, Canberra

Date: TBC (January 2019)
Location: TBC (various locations, held in event groups)

Squad photo gallery

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